3 Tips for Discussing Prenuptial Agreements in California

By |2024-01-13T05:45:05+00:0003 Jun 2015|Categories: Prenuptial Agreements|

With wedding season in full swing, it is worth noting that a number of couples may be considering prenuptial agreements. After all, in the past few years more people are entering into prenups. Perhaps it is a growing notion that marriage may not last forever. Perhaps it is a desire to live more like celebrities.

Regardless of the reason behind it, discussing a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse may not be the easiest thing in the world. Indeed, talking about the potential end of your marriage is hardly romantic, but if you have been married previously, such a discussion may be necessary.

With that, we offer the following tips to help in making your prenup discussion easier.

Be specific about the assets that you are trying to protect – Generally speaking, prenups are used to protect separate property from community property. So if you have limited property that can be considered separate property (and your soon-to-be spouse doesn’t have much either) it is possible that you may not need a prenup. After all, a prenup is to protect couples with income disparities.

Know the other person’s temperament – The underlying sentiment behind a prenup (I love you but I don’t know what the future holds) could be off-putting. If you’re going to marry someone, you should know how they will react to the prospect of a prenup. Even better, you should know about how to approach the topic in a productive, non-threatening manner.

Discuss how you propose to handle problems – Who said that prenuptial agreements always have to be about money? Your agreement can detail what you want to do before filing a divorce petition; such as entering counseling or approaching a collaborative divorce attorney.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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